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Library Director Salary

Library Directors in the United States tend to be well-versed in their field, and slightly less than two-thirds have more than 10 years of experience. Average salary is expected to be around $59K annually, but may range from $27K to $94K per year. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and more than half earn dental coverage. Female Library Directors far outnumber their male contemporaries among survey respondents. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$31,511 - $96,174
(Median)
$32K
$59K
$96K
MEDIAN: $58,871
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90%

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$9.63 - $29.30
(Median)
$9
$15
$29
MEDIAN: $14.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$33K$66K$99K
Salary
$31,511 - $96,174  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,033  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$26,797 - $94,134  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 404
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$9.63 - $29.30  
   
Overtime
$1.02 - $22.70  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,033  
   
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$26,797 - $94,134  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 72
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Job Description for Library Director

A library director oversees all operations at a library. They direct staff - helping ensure that they are efficient and courteous at all times - and make sure that the library is running in an organized manner according to established rules and that books and other library items are organized neatly and efficiently. The library director may be in charge of the hiring of librarians, volunteers, and other staff, as well as carrying out disciplinary action as needed.

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Library Director Tasks

  • Promote library services and resources, and ensure library policies and procedures are followed.
  • Oversee library operations including planning, budgeting and staffing.
  • Direct the library services program, and participates in formulating long range goals and objectives.
  • Stay abreast of technology in order to work with databases and information systems to catalogue and access information.

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Popular Skills for Library Director


Survey results suggest that Library Directors use a fairly large toolkit of professional skills. Most notably, skills in People Management, Operations Management, Budget Management, and Administration are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 8 percent and 14 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Cataloging. Most people who know Budget Management also know Administration.

Pay by Experience Level for Library Director

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


For many Library Directors, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $37K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $49K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $59K. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $66K on average.

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Experience Affects Library Director Salaries



National Average
$54,000



Skills That Affect Library Director Salaries

People Management
up arrow 14%




National Average
$54,000

Online Research
up arrow 2%

Cataloging
up arrow 15%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 98 votes.

Gender

Female
81 %
Male
19 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
14%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
32%
20 years or more
32%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 80% dental benefits Dental: 60%
vision benefits Vision: 44% employee benefits None: 18%
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